Published On: Fri, Mar 17th, 2017

Stellar line-up revealed for this year’s NRB Debate

Neville OHare 600x600THE full line-up has been confirmed for the NRB Debate taking place on Tuesday, March 21, at this year’s Northern Restaurant & Bar, the region’s biggest hospitality exhibition.

Sponsored by Manchester Metropolitan University and chaired by NRB CEO Thom Hetherington, the event will be split in two halves with a panel discussion on Building a Board for Success and a headlining interview with Gary Neville and Michael O’Hare of GG Hospitality.

The pair (pictured) will discuss how GG Hospitality’s huge ambition and fierce commitment to the North will have a unique impact on the region’s hospitality industry.

The NRB Debate will also include an expert panel discussing how the right board structure and non-exec directors (NEDs) can unlock the potential of the North’s most talented food and drink entrepreneurs.

Research has shown there is less of a culture of appointing NEDs in the North as opposed to London and the South, and evidence seems to indicate that the lack of strong, experienced voices at board level stops operators achieving their full potential.

The panel comprises Joycelyn Neve, Managing Director, The Seafood Pub Company, Peter Martin, Director, CGA Peach, the leading commentator on the UK eating and drinking-out market, Kieran Lawton, Investment Director at Palatine Private Equity and Nick De Sousa owner of Chorlton institution The Lead Station and Tariff & Dale in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

“We are proud to sponsor the NRB Debate for the third consecutive year”, said Christopher Mitchell, Principal Lecturer for Hospitality & Senior Learning & Teaching Fellow.

“Manchester Met have worked closely with Manchester’s hospitality sector in the design of two new degree courses in Hospitality Business Management and Chartered Managers Degree Apprenticeship in Hospitality.”

The NRB Debate starts at 12 noon and includes a light lunch and wine supplied by Boutinot. Tickets are priced £55+VAT. Book online at

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